Clinic Manager – Smarmore Castle – Job Description & Person Specification

Appointment of Clinic Manager

Vacancy Description

Applications are invited for the post of Clinic Manager at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in Co. Louth, Ireland.
The role of Clinic Manager is a senior leadership position within the organisation. This is a fantastic opportunity which will be of interest to candidates looking to develop their career in a prestigious treatment facility.

Established in 2015, Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, is a 22-bed residential addiction treatment facility located in Ardee. We have ambitious plans for expansion later this year. The Clinic is part of the Castle Craig Group which owns and operates the internationally acclaimed Castle Craig Hospital in Scotland.

Smarmore Castle follows the 12-step Minnesota Model treatment philosophy and our treatment programme is focused primarily on alcohol and drug addiction, prescription medications abuse and gambling addiction.

The Clinic Manager will report directly to the Corporate Services Director at Castle Craig and will work closely with the Medical Director and all other clinical staff at Smarmore.

The medical treatment at Smarmore is delivered under the direction of a leading Consultant Psychiatrist, and the overall service is under the direction of an experienced General Practitioner who is a Substance Misuse Specialist.

Salary which is dependent on skills, experience and qualifications will be in the range €65,000 to €80,000 and is part of an attractive overall renumeration package. Some relocation expenses may be available.

Person specification

  • Therapeutic background, preferably in addiction recovery.
  • Previous experience of running a residential treatment centre.
  • Educated to Degree level in therapy and addiction sciences.
  • Possess a style of leadership that will thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Proven track record of delivering results against agreed targets.
  • Good communicator & motivator.
  • Solid understanding of the regulatory regime under which Smarmore operates.
  • Experience of risk management and quality assurance and accreditation (e.g. CHKS).
  • Good knowledge of Health & Safety legislation.
  • Ability to act as an Ambassador for Smarmore and the Castle Craig Group.
  • Possess a commitment and passion for patient-centred care with the ability to embed such an ethos into all levels of the organisation.
  • Decisive leader, capable and committed to translating policy and analysis into practical action.
  • Possess an up-to-date knowledge base of the medical, pharmacological and psychological treatment of addictions.
  • Strong prioritisation skills with the ability to manage competing demands.

Job specification


  • Reports directly to the Corporate Services Director at Castle Castle Hospital (CCH).
  • The Clinic Manager is the Head of the Senior Leadership Team at Smarmore and has overall responsibility for the operation of the clinic, ensuring its smooth running, patient safety and care and the leadership and development of all staff.
  • In conjunction with the Governance Group, the Clinic Manager is responsible for developing policies and strategies which ensure that the Clinic complies with all statutory and regulatory requirements and which provide the necessary reassurance to patients, their families and the Clinic’s partners and regulators.
  • Creates an environment which promotes excellence in all areas of the Clinic’s operation.
  • In conjunction with the leadership team at CCH, the Clinic Manager will manage the Clinic’s budget and ensure that the clinic meets its financial targets.
  • The Clinic Manager is responsible for the health and safety of patients and staff.

Clinical Governance

  • Responsibility for clinical governance in conjunction with the Medical Director.
  • Promote evidence-based practice and initiate and participate in clinical audit.
  • Ensure a proactive approach to risk management, including the systematic, identification, assessment and management of risk.

Policy, Research & Development

  • Develop an organisational culture that supports clinical engagement in decisionmaking and a drive for continuous service change and improvement to deliver high quality, safe services in the new environment.
  • Ensure that the work of the clinic is based on sound research and is evidence-based.
  • Develop and implement policies for the treatment of patients.
  • Develop and implement policies to ensure that infection control measures are in place
  • Evaluate outcomes and standards of provision of treatment at all levels.
  • Evidence, research and audit experience in patient care.
  • Direct the implementation of new treatment strategies and services as appropriate.

Quality Assurance & Audit

  • Develop processes which ensure the optimisation of clinical leadership, full engagement and commitment of all clinicians, to deliver improvements to patient accessibility and clinical outcomes.
  • Promote evidence-based practice and initiate and participate in clinical audit to evidence the effectiveness of different components of care and service provision.
  • Support a proactive approach to risk management, including the systematic identification, assessment and management of risk.
  • Ensure through reporting mechanisms and audit that a consistent level of care is provided.

Strategic Partnership Development

  • Represent the Clinic at a local, national and international level.
  • Engage and promote co-operation and collaboration with other organisations, to develop strategic partnerships and alliances and ensure effective partnership
  • Liaison with referrers and other partners and external agencies, including relatives, regulators and the media.

People Management

  • Review performance activities of all staff on a regular basis.
  • Advise on the recruitment of all posts at Smarmore.
  • Promote the continuing professional development of all staff as appropriate.
  • Establish clear lines of accountability and ensure that all relevant clinical staff are managed and trained appropriately with regard to clinical services and in accordance with the regulatory requirements.
  • Further develop and implement the procedure for staff appraisals in conjunction with HR.

Service Planning & Delivery

  • Propose plans for new initiatives that develop the quality of the service.
  • Direct the implementation of the medical and nursing plans and ensure objectives have been met.
  • Ensure that appropriate staffing is in place for medical and consultant cover at all times.
  • Monitor the follow up and continuing care arrangements for patients.
  • Implement and monitor the policy for admissions and discharges of patients.

Training & Education

  • Encourage personal development and learning.
  • Participate in the in-service training of staff on the treatment and management of addiction and related problems.
  • Liaise with the medical director in determining the training programmes for all staff and in the monitoring of their effectiveness.

To Apply

To apply for this post please submit an up to date and detailed CV along with a covering letter setting out your relevant experience to Fiona Shekleton at:

Please note that a successful Garda Siochana vetting check must be obtained before any offer of employment can be made.

The closing date for applications is 2 October 2020 at 5.00pm

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